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SPLM ends nomination of candidates in Sudan


By Ngor Arol Garang

January 5, 2010 (KHATOUM) —The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) today confirmed ending of the nomination of candidates aspiring for parliamentary and executive seats as state governors across the country.

In an interview with the head of the SPLM national election strategy campaign committee, Mr. James Wani Igga, who wears another hat as Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, said SPLM nomination which has been on since December 01 ends today on fifth of January 2010.

"Our teams in various states and towns across the country stopped receiving new names from aspiring candidates on SPLM tickets," he said.

Asked challenges about encountered by team members in various states in Sudan particularly those in South Sudan, he said committees deployed to various states of Southern Sudan never reported lots of challenges.

However, he made mention of the time during period leading to closure of the official nomination on December 31 in 2009.

Our teams in the field from various states and towns in the country officially wrote to SPLM headquarters and leadership reporting time limit as they were still getting candidates in huge numbers toward the end of last year but that was settled by granting additional five days which took them through first of January to fifth, he said.

After grant of the extension, there has never been any other concern apart from high competition among members, he adds.

But Igga said this was also settled by SPLM offices in various places through calling upon individual contestants to discuss and make decisions about who should allow who to run on SPLM tickets.

"Many cases have been settled through concession and we are glad most of the aspirants were able to concede contesting against another," he said.

He said the case in question was in Northern Bahr el Ghazal where an aspirant approached him this afternoon in Juba to share him decision he took while at home to concede position to other candidates.

"Such people show their allegiance to the party and as the party we will make sure they are given where to continue serving the party," he commented.

Igga also said SPLM political bureau, the highest body in the party hierarchy, will have to meet to decide names of those contesting on SPLM ticket in various states in the country and Southern Sudan in particular.

"Their names will be made public no later than 14 January 2010 after thorough discussions from political bureau," he said.

Earlier, Speaker Igga said, SPLM has formed Electoral College offices in each of the ten southern states. The electoral complex committee is made up of 25 members looking into all process of application procedures, he said.

This acts as first screening body without allegiance and bias before forwarding nominations to the national committee before submitting them for final screening to political bureau.

In the political bureau made up of only 27 members including Chairman of the party, he said SPLM members in the party looks into personalities, educational backgrounds, period of service in the SPLM, loyalties to the party and other criteria to select only one candidate for the state, he explained.


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  • 6 January 2010 04:00, by James Mangula

    Most of these guys who are seeking re-election in 2010 are all nothing, but thugs and political prostitutes who are driven by power-greed and individual self-ambition. If they are not shameless, what have they done for the last five years since the signing of the CPA, apart from stealing public’s money for self-empowerment and prostitution? Only God knows the fate of marginalized masses of the South.

    Thon Chamkelei

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    • 6 January 2010 04:16, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Mr Speaker Wani Igga I disagree with you for stating that SPLA will decide to select the names of the contestants. Why don’t you allow each and everyone to exercise their ability? If there is a large number of applicants, it can be downsize by internal votes within the SSLA. It is not about SPLA to decide who is right and who is not, this is not a wise process to me. The strategy you are using will involve some form of discrimination in terms of political choice, some people from other parties will definitely complain about been isolated for their political choice. Please reverise your car on the right track and make everything fair to everyone. In democracy nation votes are the only tool rather than tryant decision making.

      New Year Message

      Time for tribalism has gone, 2010 is not a time to generalise tribe or community instead of one person. It is time to focus on the real issue far from tribal criticism, political party criticism, leaders criticism, and very far from abuses or insults. We should also debate far from abuses of any single commenter on ST forum, to myself I want to be a man of tolerance, peace, responsbility, respect, forgiveness, love, unity and courage . It is time to get serious and work for the betterment of my nation South Sudan (New name).

      I didn’t change myself because of pressure or whatsoever, it could be my 2010 resolution. For now lets start new year with fresh mind and positive ideas that will improvement the managment of South Sudan, childish comments must be ignored. Some individual comment aggressively when they are defeated in debate, this spirit must be abandon. We are here to play a game ie you get defeated or you defeat others defends on the article and the extend of your debate, but don’t insult people. This is my new year message to ST viewers, contributors, pseuds, readers and editor.

      Finally Mr FaRmous Logic must stop stealing my ID

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      • 7 January 2010 03:01, by Time1

        Igga is talking about nomination process inside the SPLM party only not in other parties, understand what the problem is about before jumping inside.

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        • 8 January 2010 11:47, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

          Yes, SPLM stop receiving these candidates,and make equal payment to them during election those you receive.

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    • 6 January 2010 04:21, by Mr. Awan Awan


      You never know what will happen next my friend. So don’t attempt to judge them now. Keep in mind that those new candidates will be worst than those who want to be re-elected. The new once will start to establish them selves rather than thinking about you but the old once may say wait a minute, I am full, so let me do something for Mangula. Thanks

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    • 6 January 2010 07:54, by Sala Gai

      Bravo SPLM hold on with your good activities in the country.

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  • 6 January 2010 04:11, by Dinka Boy

    It doesn,t matter for me how long the candidate serve,but the greater service within the party line of the candidate is the one that matter a lot for me.

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  • 6 January 2010 04:15, by Johnny

    Who are they? anyway let’s wait and see

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    • 6 January 2010 04:26, by Dinka Boy

      Mr Johnny,
      Candidate like Taban Deng Gai, Kuol Manyang Juk, Clement Wani, Tor Deng Mawien will apear again because of their greater duties in their states.

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      • 6 January 2010 07:04, by Mel Deng

        Dinka Boy, stop bullshilling with those greed thugs who have blood and people money in their hands

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        • 6 January 2010 07:29, by Lokorai

          Honorable Speaker,

          Being the head of the SPLM group as to nomination, you must be careful and judicious on the final screening. I had time to see for myself how gruesome is this exercise.

          Some members still don’t believe that you will be fair to them, though at their grass root levels they have passed peacefully.

          I don’t Mr. Speaker what criterion you will choose to a candidate against another; Eastern Equatoria for instance is a flash point on the same. There are two competitive candidates who shared similar backgrounds and wonder what will you tell His Excellency Louis Lobong for him to step down in favor of His Excellency Ojetuk.

          Governor Kuol and His Excellency Chuol Rambang have similar competitive advantages, what will you do to settle this matter?

          Now if I were you, I would have settled for direct nomination at the grass root level and if somene is beaten there, he is beaten. Electoral College will solve the problem. Disgruntled or unfairely treated individuals will surely go to SPLM-DC or any other party


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          • 6 January 2010 07:43, by Dinka Boy


            You don,t even know what you talking about.
            I can not blame you because that is how you born and the alikes. You guys have low intelligent quotient.
            The criterias must be there for candidatcy. Nyagat you have no room in this party"SPLM" just form your death party and it will be over.

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            • 6 January 2010 09:05, by John Boy

              To Dinka Boy

              You are really a Dinka boy who never know what to say, my advice to you my friend all your comments does not show you are an educated person the words you are using is the one using by other politician who looting GOSS money and block the future of this country. I hope you are one among these primitive politicians if not one of your relative is among them but never cry for the government changes, South Sudan still existing from generation to generation ,one more again I hope you are suffering from unknown disease by Quoting Taban Deng as a best governor if you are in South Sudan or in America please phone some body from unity state will tell you what is on going about Taban, Taban govern the state for period of 4 years with out paying SPLM monthly contribution to SPLM secretary office,Taban deny by his own people to be nominate because he did not pay state WORKERS ten month salary since March- Dec 2009 ,Taban asked by SPLM state secretariat to brief the state citizens on where 2 percent from Oil revenues had gone before nomination. high the delegation lead by SPLM secretary general Pagan still on ground to solve differences between Taban and civilian please do not put in your mine Taban is a good leader unless you are Gokrial boy of Warrab who looting unity state money.

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  • 6 January 2010 09:05, by M.Cool.J

    Mr,Wani Igga,It is clear that there are some of you who are interested in taking us back.It has never happened that you decide for somebody.

    That political bureau is a threat to peace in the South because it will soon give birth to some thing strange and you people will regret.This I know happened when the governor of Unity State,Taban Deng Gai went for a meeting in Juba late last year and they plus you coined theses things to act as blocking stones to Riek Machar and Nguen Manytuil.

    If you people take Taban’s evil ideas as the best ones then you guys will fail in every thing and South will never be called a nation.Taban is an arab who is in the South for business purpose-son of unknown in Unity State!

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    • 6 January 2010 13:06, by Gabriel Kuchkon

      I wish the best to all candidates with the vision of change.

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      • 6 January 2010 15:43, by james nyoma

        Dear readers, especially SPLM supporters,

        It is really good to appreciate what the SPLM Political Burea has put in place. We need asystem to make things go smoothly. In American, they have primary elections to separate the competative candidates. Look at Obama and Clinton, they were at odds during their run for the presidency. But now they are working together. So our candidates are not to worry. If you are not chosen today, tomorrow will be your chance or you may be appointed as a minister where you are and you may work together with the winner for the betterment of you state or region. So there is no worry if we are to serve our people.

        God bless South Sudan

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  • 7 January 2010 06:47, by Peace Lover

    Dear readers, especially Southern Sudan People

    Mr. Honorable Speaker,

    How many times you heard people talking a lot of bad news about your Southern Sudan government?

    How can Southern citizens exercise their choice to pick whose they see can make change and challenge for the country?

    Even though this time I was your supporters for the greatest job you always doing, but today I feel sorrow for the statements of you for stating that SPLA will decide to select the names of the contestants. Why don’t you allow each and everyone to exercise their ability?

    For example Eastern Equatoria, once ago in a meeting His Excellency Louis Lobong told the students of the states that he will be fighting with the governor his Excellency Alliseo Ojetuk for the state governor at coming election.
    What Mr.Lobong said in general was accepted by the entire state citizens. Feather he explained the idea of fighting to the citizen that their fights with Mr.Ojetuk will not be with guns or hands, but it will be with words and actions of change for the state. And he added that the changes which will take place in southern Sudan will never come by appointee governors, but the changes will overcome by the elected governors by the people of southern Sudan.

    Mr. Speaker,

    How many times you heard some silly words in Juba about the GOSS, here are some for the state of Eastern Equatoria States streets:GoSS:

    Government of Self Selfish

    Government of Self Satisfaction

    Government of Self Satisfactory

    Government of Small Salaries

    Government of Sick Services

    Government of Sick Security

    Government of Salvakiir Sides

    Government of Slowly systems

    All these Mr. Speaker apply in our government of Southern Sudan. It is time for the people of Southern Sudan to choose whom they seem can change and make developments in the country.

    Really what you state will never bring changes to Southern Sudan; in fact it will make the country worst than before. Why? Because you trying to keep the same corrupt people like you by now.

    Secondly, you trying to keep the secret of the corruptions to remained silence for keeping corrupt in their place. And now it clear that SPLM is using dictatorship government.
    It is really good to appreciate what the SPLM Politicians done so far, the questions remaining in the upcoming elections.


    Being the head of MPs and the SPLM group as to nomination, you should gave a chance to some else, why holding too many positions while there is others who can take care of the nominations. Some members and myself still don’t believe that you will be fair to them. Please honorable we need changes and that changes will come for the people, if don’t consider the people at the first place, so who can you rules?

    By saying nomination process within the SPLM party only not in other parties is another tension in the South. Always I disagree with those whose forming a new parties while we still have a problems with our number ONE enemy Khartoum government. It is now clear why those people are doing, and because of the chance which they are not getting force them to do so.

    I hope one of your members will tell you about what really concern the people of southern Sudan if they really following the news with ST, then probably you will change the ideas of selecting candidates and leave for the people to elect who they WANT!

    Peace Maker and Peace Lover 2010.

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    • 7 January 2010 08:44, by Piw Thieng

      Sorry to have response to this late. I think this is not yet democracy as can be call but a sample of it. I would still said those in power works well to guard their interest by ensuring Electoral colleges at all states do nominations on behave of the silent majority. I think this is not fair an election yet.

      To call it a fair election is when primary election is conducted by registered party members and not the selected few (25) as it is the case. Should it be registered party memebers voting for who will lead them is what we call the democracy. Those who win also win support of the large community and guards internal party split and falls out. The danger of entrusting electoral colleges to do the nomination is when an individuals aspirant is block from nomination and communities feels sheeted, they will resort to giving their votes to other party candidates who they think will serve them.

      There are many things to talk about here i regards to shortfalls and benefits, but my time did not allow me to do so, hopes I will have enough time to comprehensively write and send my comment next time though.

      Wish all of us a happy election year!!!

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      • 7 January 2010 13:14, by Frak Cho

        Dear Speaker,

        It’s good that you ended your nominations of your candidates for this year elections. But I am sorry to say that some states will never experience any developmental changes after elections but old face who did nothing in their respective states will still come back to power as they cleverly employed those who can not even spell their own names in the Electoral College Offices in some of the states. These people whose some of them left their post of executive chieftancy due to good reasons known by some the Governors, will surely screen the names at the state level to their own likeness.

        Please Mr Speaker, if you are for the good and the welfare of the people of South Sudan, cross check your Electoral College Offices so as to be aware and more certain if the 25 members are the rightful ones.

        Concerned Citizen

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